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Recession of Democracy

It is worth discussing the 2019 Democracy Index issued by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Indonesia is categorized as a country with a flawed democracy, far below Timor Leste and Malaysia.

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Students gather on Jl. Gatot Subroto in a rally around the Senayan legislative complex, Jakarta, Tuesday (24/9/2019). They demanded the revocation of the recently revised Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law and rejected a Criminal Code bill.

The index measured the development of democratic countries in the world, categorizing them among four types of regimes, namely full democracy, flawed democracy, hybrid regime and authoritarian regime.

The index concludes that 22 countries are considered to be very democratic, 54 countries are still considered flawed democracies, 37 countries are gripped by hybrid regimes, and the remaining 54 countries are controlled by authoritarian regimes. Indonesia is ranked 64th out of 167 countries. Timor Leste ranks 41st and Malaysia ranks the 43rd. Why are our democratic achievements under Timor Leste and Malaysia? What went wrong in the development of our democracy in the past five years?

Syahnan Rangkuti
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